LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a developmental junior golf program for girls ages 7-17, was formed to create a network for girls to learn to play golf, build friendships and sample competition in a positive and fun learning environment. The only national initiative of its kind just for girls, the program brings girls together under one umbrella, providing the opportunity to achieve success, progress in golf and establish a life-long interest in the game. Over 4,000 girls participate in LPGA-USGA Girls Golf at more than 130 sites operating at local facilities throughout the United States.
On the national level, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a program of The LPGA Foundation and the USGA, is administered from LPGA headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla. The USGA, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., provides USGA staff that assists in the development and expansion of the program.
On the local level, the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program is coordinated by a site director who are LPGA and PGA professionals, USGA members, Girl Scout leaders, volunteers, moms, dads and members of local golf associations. Each program also has two boards: an adult advisory board, consisting of parents and others from the community who support girls' golf; and a junior advisory board, consisting of five girls from the different levels who assist in scheduling, preparing the newsletter and feedback on programs.
The teaching components and curriculum for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf were developed and implemented by the LPGA T&CP membership. The USGA has developed the materials for teaching golf's rules and etiquette. The program offers a progressive learning system on the course starting from the green and moving back to the tee.
Participants are divided into five levels:
All five levels include golf instruction and rules geared to the girls' skill level.
Most LPGA-USGA Girls Golf programs have year-round activities, and many of the programs and tournaments have a theme, such as "Thanksgiving Turkey Shootout," mother/daughter clinics, derby day, etc. Meetings are usually held once a month during the school year and once a week during the summer months.
Several initiatives of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf include:
Each site covers the costs of course access fees, snacks, special events and awards, instruction and other miscellaneous expenses. Expenses are covered through fund raising, membership dues and event fees.
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LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a new expanded program modeled after the LPGA Girls Golf Club, which was established in Phoenix in 1989 by LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Division member, Sandy LaBauve. It became an initiative of the LPGA in 1994, and in 1997 expanded to include the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) as partners.
In January of 2002, the LPGA and the USGA launched a cooperative effort through an expanded association to further promote and grow girls' golf, and the future of girls' golf, in the United States. LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a program of The LPGA Foundation and the USGA Foundation and is administered through LPGA headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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